Ambassador Dr. Mendis and Most Venerable Vijithawansha Thero accepting the medical material from the senior medical staff of the Gwanghye General Hospital in Busan
The embassy of Sri Lanka in the Republic of Korea, in close coordination with the Sri Lankaramaya Temple in the City of Daegu, managed to convince the senior most officials and medical team of Gwanghye General Hospital in the City of Busan to gift over 100 medical beds, wheelchairs and other medically important material to the embassy of Sri Lanka to be shipped to select hospital in Sri Lanka.
In this regard, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis, and Chief Incumbent of Sri Lankaramaya Temple, Most Venerable Katuwana Vijithawansha Thero, travelled to Gwanghye General Hospital in Busan, approximately 400 Km from Seoul, to receive the medical beds, wheelchairs and other medical material/accessories from the hospital in a ceremonial ambiance.
At the handing over ceremony at the Gwanghye General Hospital in the presence of the senior most medical and administrative officials of the hospital, Ambassador Dr. Mendis, in his opening remarks, stated that gifting of these sparingly used medical beds, wheelchairs and new medical accessories would assist and facilitate a number of patients in hospitals in Sri Lanka. Dr. Mendis further enunciated and impressed the fact that just over four decades ago, the Republic of Korea was an aid-recipient nation and today it has evolutionized to one of the more generous aid-giving nations in the world. The Executive Director of the Gwanghye General Hospital, Dr. Lee Jae Won, stated in his address that it gives deep pleasure and privilege to gift the aforementioned medical material to Sri Lanka. He further added that in the near future, the hospital would be able to extend more assistance to the embassy of Sri Lanka by gifting more medical material including medical beds. The Most Venerable Vijithawansha priest, who was instrumental in connecting the Hospital with Ambassador Dr. Mendis, stated that assisting the sick or unwell persons, either physically or mentally, is one of the noblest acts a person or an institution could fulfil or realize.
Once the medical material including the medical beds were handed over to the embassy, Sri Lankan well-wishers in the region were present to transport the medical material to a warehouse in Busan to be shipped to Sri Lanka. It may be highlighted that Trico Cargo of South Korea and Sri Cargo, both operated and owned by Sri Lankan nationals volunteered to ship them to Sri Lanka at their own cost. The aforementioned medical material including the medical beds would be shipped to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) since the SLA are constructing a hospital in the region of Kandy in Sri Lanka.
Ambassador Dr. Mendis and Most Venerable Vijithawansha Thero assured the Sri Lankan community, who was present at the ceremony, that the embassy, in close coordinaton with the Sri Lankaramaya Temple, would endeavor and strive, relentlessly and unremittingly, to provide particularly beds including medical beds to each and every hospital in Sri Lanka, thus facilitating and accommodating each and every patient in those hospitals to be secured with a comfortable bed, during their sicknesses or illnesses. On a separate note, another patron of the embassy and Sri Lankaramaya Temple, Beung-gu Hur, a leading Korean business personality in the region of Busan, pledged to provide nearly 150 more medical beds to Sri Lankan hospitals, once this consignment is shipped to Sri Lanka.
HNB joins CBSL to promote ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign in Kandy
HNB PLC once again joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to promote the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign to raise awareness and encourage the public in the Kandy district towards a cashless payment ecosystem.
HNB, together with other financial institutions and telecommunication partners, participated in the day-long event held at the Kandy City Center. The bank raised awareness regarding its LANKAQR integrated HNB SOLO payment app while onboarding merchants during the promotional campaign.
“During the early stages of the pandemic we witnessed many of our customers and members of the public seamlessly adopt our cashless and contactless payment app HNB SOLO. With COVID and the subsequent launch of the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign the number of users of these types of systems have increased exponentially.
“Given that the mutual vision of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and HNB is for a financially and technologically empowered Sri Lanka, HNB is proud to serve as an enthusiastic partner to roll out LANKAQR island-wide. The fact that we now have merchants in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka making this shift is another major milestone in this digitalization journey,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.
ComBank’s ATM network sets new records for cash dispensed during festive season
The automated teller machine (ATM) network of Commercial Bank of Ceylon dispensed a record Rs 8.818 billion on 9th and 10th April 2021, shattering the previous records for the highest and second highest cash disbursements for a 24-hour period, as Sri Lanka’s leading private bank facilitated the celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
The disbursements of Rs 4.498 billion on April 9 and Rs 4.320 billion on the following day represented a substantial increase over the single-day values recorded in previous years.
In total, Commercial Bank dispensed Rs 41.748 billion via its ATM network between 1st and 15th April 2021 at an average of Rs 2.783 billion per day, reaffirming the indispensable role it plays in the lives of Sri Lankans, as well as the reliability and robustness of the network. On seven of these 15 days the network dispensed more than Rs 2 billion a day, and on five days disbursements exceeded Rs 3 billion a day, the Bank said.
Comprising of 890 ATMs, the network processed 2.434 million transactions over the 15 days at an average of 168,988 transactions a day, while on 9th April, the number of transactions processed totalled 233,990 at an average of 9,749 transactions per hour or 162 transactions per minute.
The first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.
‘Ceylinco VIP Cyber Tharu’ to showcase Sri Lankan talent
Ceylinco General Insurance has announced an online competition with a novel concept to showcase Sri Lankan talent by providing a platform for them with the opportunity to win handsome cash prizes.
“This time, our effort is to organize an online competition that provides an opportunity for Sri Lankan people to display their talent and also to identify hidden talents whilst rewarding them. There will be five overall winners whose prize money will be over Rs. 1 million and each category winner will get Rs 100,000/-. Ten randomly picked voters too will receive handsome cash awards,” said Patrick Alwis, chairman CEO of Ceylinco General Insurance.
The guidelines and the criteria of the competition were announced recently through a dedicated website and other social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, twitter, You Tube as well as LinkedIn. Contestants can perform under five categories, namely, singing, dancing, instrumental performances, fashion modelling and funny videos / Standup comedy. Individuals over 18 years could perform under the individual category whilst the group category will have no age limit.
Under the group category either families or a group of friends could take part. Each entry will have to be specially recorded for this competition. Prior to recording the performance, they should download the image of the logo and have it displayed prominently in the background. Performances could be recorded using a smart phone or a video cam.
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